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Poster: Street Pig Date: Aug 9, 2005 8:31pm
Forum: etree Subject: Favorite Dead Line

Went to a spirituality workshop and was asked what lyrics in music were instrumental in my daily living. Without hesitation I remarked "Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right" (Scarlet Begonias) I was wonder what lines are influential for other heads. Peace.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Aug 10, 2005 12:46am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Many of my favorites have been already mentioned.
I also love:
Can't talk to you w/out talking to me,
We're guilty of the same old thing,
Thinking a lot about less and less,
And forgetting the love we bring

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Aug 10, 2005 12:50am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Just thought of a few more personal favorites.
All the years combine,
They melt into a dream.
And:
All I leave behind me,
Is only what I found

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Aug 10, 2005 1:09am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Not to be obsessive but another one comes to mind:
"One man gathers what another man spills"

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Poster: nas Date: Aug 10, 2005 1:51am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

bent my ear to hear the tune and closed my eyes to see

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Poster: Cassady Date: Aug 10, 2005 2:29am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Drink all day, and rock all night.
The law come to get you if ya don't walk right.

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Poster: natty-o Date: Aug 10, 2005 9:48pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

unable to dance i'll crawl

[fixed up, no prob guy! -mod]

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Poster: alexj Date: Aug 10, 2005 3:44pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

so many have been listed, but i have not seen three of my favorites, so i gotta throw them up here...

new speedway boogie:
"now i don't know, but i've been told;
if the horse don't pull you got to carry the load.
i don't know who's backs that strong;
maybe find out before too long.

one way or another, one way or another;
one way or another, this darkness has got to give"

ship of fools:
"i won't slave for beggar's pay;
likewise, gold and jewels,
but i would slave to learn the ways
to sink your ship of fools"

finally, ripple:
"there is a road, no simple highway,
between the dawn and the dark of night,
and if you go, no one may follow
that path is for, your steps alone

ripple in still water, where there is no pebble tossed,
nor wind to blow

you who choose, to lead must follow,
but if you fall you fall alone
if you should stand, then who's to guide you?
if i knew the way, i would take you home."

p.s. - to anyone who has not done so already, please go to www.gdlive.com, look under jerry garcia, and download garcia&grisman 12/8/91, it's 'brings tears to your eyes good,' no joke.

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Poster: chip_christian Date: Aug 10, 2005 10:26pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Past couple of years here the one I find myself returning to over and over:

One way or another this darkness got to give

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Aug 12, 2005 3:06am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

More favorite lines:
"Never had such a Good time,
In my life before"
"Singing Thank You,
For A real good time"
Also i always loved the next one, even thought it's a Dylan cover, so not technically a "dead" tune.
"Forget about the Dead you left,
They will not follow you."
i always thought there was a subtle message to Heads from Jerry when he sang that....LOL

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Poster: Fishead Date: Aug 9, 2005 10:33pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"i may be going to hell in a bucket ,babe!
but at least i'm enjoying the ride !!!!"

"it doesnt matter anywayyyyyyyyyy!"

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Aug 9, 2005 8:53pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

What a great question! I often try to explain to those "not on the bus" that a major reason DeadHeads love the band as much as they do is that the songs themselves are so brilliantly unique--and a large reason is the very uderrated lyrics provided by Hunter and Barlow.

For me, there are of course so many, but I often turn to lines from Crazy Fingers, most notably:

"Recall the days that still are to come" (such a simple yet wonderfully paradoxical sentiment; a sweet little Zen poem floated on those gorgeous notes), and I also love
"Gone are the days/we stop to decide/where we should go/we just ride" (try that one next time you're on a long road trip--you'll smile for sure!)

Oh, and I have to mention from Terrapin:

"Inspiration/Move me brightly/Light the song with sense and color/Hold away despair"

I listened to that one a lot in the days just after Jerry's death.

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Aug 9, 2005 10:21pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Grateful Dead Line

"Seeds that were silent all burst into bloom and decay."

some shows with Eyes of the World

The Wanderer, similar sentiment with whole different tone.

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Poster: LarryO Date: Aug 9, 2005 9:49pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter, either side of the hill.

Since the first time I heard it 30 years ago.

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Poster: jstraw626 Date: Aug 10, 2005 12:11am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line


"Sometimes we live no particular way but our own"

Never were truer words spoken...er, sung.

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Poster: Fishead Date: Aug 10, 2005 12:34am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

You can't let go
cause you're afraid to fall
till the day may come
when you can't feel at all

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Poster: pheevah Date: Aug 10, 2005 12:50am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

I absolutely LOVE box of rain.... going to have it played at my funeral someday.... it just is such a fitting song.

Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams
to another land
Maybe you're tired and broken
Your tongue is twisted
with words half spoken
and thoughts unclear
What do you want me to do
to do for you to see you through
A a box of rain will ease the pain
and love will see you through

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Poster: adedhed68 Date: Aug 10, 2005 1:42am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"rich man in his summer home, saying just leave well enough alone!"
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"somewhere in San Francisco, on a backporch in July, jjjjjust looking up at heaven at this crescent in the sky"

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Poster: droncit Date: Aug 10, 2005 2:09am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

..you who choose to lead must follow...

I wish some of our politicians would pay attention to this one.

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Poster: doodle Date: Aug 10, 2005 2:11am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Pretty much of the entire "Help on the Way", but simply "Paradise waits"

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Poster: dead trail Date: Aug 27, 2005 1:40am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"...Stranded
cries the south wind
Lost in the regions of lead
Shackled by chains of illusion
Delusions of living and dead"

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Aug 27, 2005 2:49am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

And the river keeps a talking
But you never heard a word it said


"Take yer hands outta yo' pockets!"

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Poster: Driftin N Dreamin Date: Feb 21, 2006 2:30pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

A few of my favorites:
"Mama, Mama many worlds have come since I first left home" (this one rings truer and truer as I get older.)

Also a favorite that has more relevance lately with the current occupants of the White House.
"God Damn Well I Declare,
Have You Seen the Like?
Their Walls Are Made Of Cannonballs,
Their Motto Is "Don't Tread On ME" "

and:
"You thought you were the cool fool,
You never could do no wrong,
you had everything sewed up tight,
How come you lay awake all night long?"

and from the same song:

You know in spite of all you gain,
You still have to stand out in the pouring rain"

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Poster: August East Date: Aug 10, 2005 9:24pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"Lost my boots in transit babe" and all that goes along with it:

"On the day that I was born Daddy sat down and cried
I had the mark just as plain as day, I could not be denied
They say that Cain caught Abel rolling loaded dice
Ace of spades behind his ear and him not thinking twice

Half step, Mississippi uptown toodleloo
Hello baby I'm gone goodbye
Half a cup of rock and rye
Farewell to you old southern skies
I'm on my way, on my way

If all you got to live for is what you left behind
Get yourself a powder charge and seal that silver mine
Lost my boots in transit babe, pile of smoking leather
Nailed a retread to my feet and prayed for better weather"

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Aug 10, 2005 2:23am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"Nothing left to do but Smile Smile Smile"

"A lovely view of heaven, but I'd rather be with you..."

all of Ripple...;P

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Poster: johnny_so_hum Date: Feb 21, 2006 3:58pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"I was borne in the desert
and raised in a lions den."

On a side note, my all time favorite line
is by Page and Plant;
"Many times I've wondered
how much there is to know."

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Aug 10, 2005 5:17pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"Let your tracks be lost in the dark and snow"
(Till the Morning Comes)

"Now is the time of returning
With thought jewels polished and gleaming

Now is the time past believing...
Now is the test of the boomerang
Tossed in the night of redeeming"
(The Eleven)

"No one may come here
since no one may stay"
(Rosemary)

"I've waved my flags into the sun
I've fought my wars, and now they're won
And I didn't need nobody's gun
I bent their mind."
(Mindbender)

"So forget about your yesterdays of sorrow
And forget about the darkness you have seen
For there's only you and me at the edge of an endless sea
And remember that the only time is now"
(The Only Time Is Now )


"When the secrets all are told
And the petals all unfold"
(Attics of My Life)

"With secret smiles like a Cheshire cat,
And leather wings like a vampire bat,
I fly away to my cold water flat
And eat my way tthrough a bowl of fat,
And I say to the man with the funny hat:

I can't come down 'til it's plain to see
I can't come down I've been set free.
Who you are and what you don't make no difference to me."
(Can't Come Down)

"Nothing's for certain
It could always go wrong...

We could have us a high time
Living the good life"

"Take your hands outta yo' pockets..."

"I can't help you with your troubles
If you won't help with mine"
(Cumberland-Blues)

"Good Mornin Mr. Benson
I see you're doin well
If I had me a shotgun
I'd blow you straight to Hell"
(Candyman)

"Hey hey, hey, come right away
Come and join the party every day.

Well everybody's dancin' in a ring around the sun
Nobody's finished, we ain't even begun..."

(The Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion)

"More than laurel
You may sow...

It's time to matter
The Earth will see you
on through this time"

(Mountains of the Moon)

"all the world revolves
captured in the eye of Odin
Allah
Pray where are you now?
All Mohammed's men
blinded by the sparkling water"

(What's Become of the Baby?)





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Poster: US Blues Date: Aug 10, 2005 9:57am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

One of my favorite lines is the one that is never sung:

"Seven-faced marble-eyed transitory dream doll"

I also love Picasso Moon (puts me in the minority, I know) but the lyrics to that song are just awesome:

"Hanging ten out on space and time, re-defining distance"
"I had a job trading bits for pieces, we'd make wrinkles, advertise them as creases"

And of course:

"Shall we go, you and I while we can,
through, the transitive nightfall of diamonds..."

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Poster: Individual87 Date: Aug 10, 2005 12:18pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"Without love in the dream it'll never come true"

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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Aug 10, 2005 1:23pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"Clank your chains,
And count your change,
Try to walk the line"

I'm surprised no NY head has mentioned the line that always got the big cheer at the North East shows:
"Just like New York City..."

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Poster: philw Date: Aug 10, 2005 1:29pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Ever since the birth of my daughter seven months ago, "Your daddy's here and he never will forget you. I will take you home...." The whole tune and espically this line never fail to give me a chill and a tear to my eye.
Another favorite:
"I only want to hold you,I don't want to tie you down. Or fence you in the lines I might of drawn.It's just that I,I,ve gotten used to having you around. My landscape would be empty, if you were gone......."

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Aug 27, 2005 1:20am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"Take up your china doll
It's only fractured
Just a little nervous from the fall"

"And all the children learning
From books that they were burning
Every leaf was turning...

And when the day had ended
With rainbow colours blended
His mind remained unbended..."

"The heat came round and busted me for smiling on a cloudy day"

[Well the heat down in jail, they weren't very smart
They taught me how to read and write, they taught me the precious art
Of breaking out of jail, well I learned that right away
Well they didn't need me to telling them 'bout smiling first then running away]

"You're both out in the streets and you got no place to go..."

"Walking along in the Mission
in the rain
come again"

"He had to die
You know he had to die..."

"I can't believe that she really wants you to die...

Wait a minute, watch what you're doing with your time
All the endless ruins of the past must stay behind..."

"Ten years ago I walked this street, my dreams were riding tall
Tonight I would be thankful Lord, for any dreams at all
Some folks would be happy just to have one dream come true
But everything you gather is just more that you can lose"

"Your constant battles are getting to be a bore
So go somewhere else and continue your cream puff war"





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Poster: gratefulmike99 Date: Aug 27, 2005 1:41am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

The bus came by and I got on; that's where it all began!

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Aug 27, 2005 1:47am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

There was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of the bus to never ever land!

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Poster: gratefulmike99 Date: Aug 27, 2005 2:01am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand and says "don't you see"

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Aug 27, 2005 2:36am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Sometime the lights all shining on me
Sometimes I can barely see...
lately it occurs to me
what a long strange trip it's been

[blindman stood on the way and cried,
show me the way,
the way to go home
-BB & HC]

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Aug 10, 2005 5:49pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

I can't pick just one. And these aren't instrumental in my daily living, but they are some of my favorite GD lines

"sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me, what a long, strange trip it's been"

"Good Mornin Mr. Benson
I see you're doin well
If I had me a shotgun
I'd blow you straight to Hell"




A funny one - "Esau, he's on roller skates today - selling real estate to someone in LA"

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Aug 10, 2005 9:42pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

This could go on forever, but there are worse things than that, so.....I looked at all these posts and unless I missed it, no one mentioned these beautiful words:

All I know is something like a bird within her sang
All I know she sang a little while and then flew on
Tell me all that you know, I'll show you
Snow and rain...

Sleep in the stars
Don't you cry
Dry your eyes
On the wind.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Feb 21, 2006 9:45pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

i've always had a soft spot for mission in the rain.

"Ten years ago I walked this street
my dreams were ridin tall
Tonight I would be thankful
Lord, for any dream at all

Some folks would be happy
just to have one dream come true
but everything you gather
is just more that you can lose"

ian

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Poster: patkelley Date: Feb 21, 2006 9:58pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

good one! one of my favorites too- I wish they had played Mission in the regular rotation- i think it would have had a nice spot in the second to last song of set one spot.

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Poster: patkelley Date: Feb 21, 2006 12:53pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"When all we ever wanted, was to learn and love and grow..."

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Poster: JackStrawFromWichita Date: Aug 9, 2005 11:58pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line


"It's all a dream we dreamed, one afternoon, long ago"
"Maybe you'll find direction, around some corner where its been waiting to meet you."

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Poster: musicflyz Date: Aug 10, 2005 9:33am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Without love, day to day,
insanity is king

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Poster: bonk Date: Aug 10, 2005 12:08am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"sign the Monalisa with a spray can call it art,but never give your love my friend..unto a foolish heart"

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Poster: alaskarange Date: Aug 12, 2005 8:55am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand,
says, "Don't you see, you gotta make it somehow on the dreams you still believe."
Don't give it up, you've got an empty cup only love can fill. Only love can fill.

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Poster: ericbum Date: Aug 10, 2005 6:43am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"As Staggerlee lit a cigarette she shot him in the balls
Blew the smoke off her revolver, had him dragged to city hall"

Has to be one of the funniest Dead lyrics ever, how do you come up with shooting someone in the balls and putting it into a song?

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Poster: ericbum Date: Aug 9, 2005 11:46pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"Nothing left to do but Smile, Smile, Smile!" and another one......
"Momma, Momma many worlds I've come since I first left home"

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Poster: shnaholic Date: Aug 11, 2005 5:26am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

might as well travel the elegant way

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Poster: philw Date: Aug 11, 2005 10:28am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

one more
"Altough I could't caution all,still might warn a few. Don't lend a hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools"

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Poster: ckj Date: Aug 10, 2005 4:51am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Sometimes the cards ain't worth a dime if you don't lay 'em down

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Poster: sperry Date: Aug 10, 2005 6:14am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

this is a good question. While many come to mind, I always get chills from,
"to tell sweet lies one last time, and say good -bye."

now that I am REALLY thinking about it, since I whistle any given tune any time,

"there's no need to be worrying about those people, you never see those people anyway..."

The list goes on and on.


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Poster: bamz23 Date: Aug 9, 2005 11:01pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"It takes dynamite to get me up/too much of everything is just enough/one more thing that I've got to say/I need a miracle every day!"

"One man gathers what another man spills"

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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Aug 9, 2005 11:24pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"All the things I planned to do, I only did half way"

It's my life verse. I'm putting it on my tombstone.

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Poster: REA04 Date: Aug 9, 2005 11:30pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"If the thunder don't get ya then the lightning will".

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Aug 10, 2005 5:53am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"Don't waste your breath to save your face when you have done your best and even more is asked of you, fate will decide the rest"

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Poster: Fishead Date: Aug 10, 2005 6:09am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

one more

We can share the women
We can share the wine
We can share what we got of yours
'Cause we done shared all of mine


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Poster: dagmar Date: Aug 10, 2005 6:48am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

"May the four winds blow you safely home"

PS: i have to agree with every one who's said Box of Rain... Robert Hunter said that if ever a song wrote itself, that was it.

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Aug 10, 2005 6:55am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul. that line sums it all up for me!

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 10, 2005 3:52am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Once in a while
you get shown the light
in the strangest of places
if you look at it right

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Poster: That Damn Hippie From Mississippi Date: Aug 10, 2005 5:03am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Man, there's so many...

"No more time to tell how, this is the season of what!"

"A lovely view of heaven, but I'd rather be with you."

...and of course...

"Inspiration, move me brightly
Light the song with sense of colour
Hold away despair
More than this I will not ask
Faced with mysteries dark and vast
Statements just seem vain at last
Some rise, some fall, some climb
To get to Terrapin

Counting stars by candlelight
Some are dim but one is bright
The spiral light on Venus
Rising first and shining best
Oh, from the north-west corner
Of a brand new crescent moon
Where crickets and cicadas sing
A rare and different tune
Terrapin Station"

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 10, 2005 5:10am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

Another one I've always liked, and used, is "You ain't gonna learn what you don't want to know"

And of course, "If you plant ice, you're gonna harvest wind"

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Poster: jhender501 Date: Aug 10, 2005 5:28am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

As one who grew up in the Bay Area, (left 27 years ago) "Somewhere in San Francisco on a back porch in July"..though it would probably be too cold to be on a backporch in July in San Francisco..I still love the line and it brings back nice memories.

Jim

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Poster: Andrew M. Date: Aug 10, 2005 5:36am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

The thing that I love about Grateful Dead lyrics is the idea that while one day you may know exactly what a particular line means, ten years (or months or days or minutes) later you may hear that same line and again know exactly what it means... and yet the two things are completely different, and yet both correct (at least to you on those two seperate occasions)... In other words, a lot of the lyrics can be very relative to time and place...

Also, there are still times, after having heard all of these lyrics hundreds and thousands of times, that out of the blue, I hear the lyrics anew for the first time again and that lightning bolt comes down and your understand a line or two for the first time... Not too long ago I had an experience where I really understood "If you plant ice, you're gonna harvest wind" for the first time, after having heard it so many times... That is what makes this music so continually magical..

As for my favorite Dead line, it is an impossible task to pick just one, but I'll try to pick one I haven't seen listed here yet...

"Wildflower seed in the sand and wind, may the four winds blow you home again."

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 10, 2005 3:48am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Favorite Dead Line

What did one Deadhead say to the other Deadhead after the acid wore off? "Gee, this music sucks."

But, in reality: "Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right."